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Advisory Council on Quality

The Advisory Council on Quality Supports for People with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (ACQ) advises the New Mexico Department of Health on the systems guiding the provision of services and supports that assist people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (IDD) of all ages and their families to be fully included in New Mexico communities.

ACQ Wins Prestigious Inaugural Cathy Anderson Award

Link to award video: Cathy Anderson Award Video


The purpose of the ACQ is to provide advisory counsel to the Department about the needs of people with IDD, their families and support networks.


The duties and responsibilities of the ACQ includes, but are not limited to the following.

  • Conduct meetings every other month;
  • Advise and assist the Department in the development and monitoring of a quality assurance system (including quality indicators) for people with IDD;
  • Provide information and feedback about service availability and current needs with regards to people with IDD;
  • Receive, interpret and react to statewide needs assessment data;
  • Evaluate the statewide needs assessment processes and recommend modifications and improvement for future surveys;
  • Recommend priorities for the development, modification and expansion of services to meet needs of people with IDD;
  • Advise and assist the Division staff developing periodic State Plans for services to people with IDD.  Participate in the ongoing development and implementation of the NMDOH/DDSD State Plan;
  • Assist in the dissemination of the State Plan to public and private entities;
  • Promote collaboration efforts among state agencies and community based programs serving people with IDD;
  • Recommend legislative activities for development, improvement and expansion of services;
  • Advocate for system change to stimulate state-of-the-art, cost effective services which address the specialized and individual needs of people with IDD; and
  • Advise the Division on policy changes and policy development.

Please see the Advisory Council on Quality: Bylaws to learn more.


The ACQ meets every other month and at other times as deemed necessary by the Division Director and/or the ACQ co-chairs.  The current meeting schedule appears below.

ACQ Member Orientation

ACQ Meeting Public Comments

Public comments recorded at meetings of the ACQ can be found here: ACQ Public Comments

ACQ Executive Committee

ACQ Meetings











The Advisory Council shall consist of a minimum of fifteen (15) voting members with a maximum of twenty-eight (28) voting members. These members shall be United States citizens and current residents of the State of New Mexico. The membership of the Advisory Council shall be representative of the following constituents:

Voting Members:

  • Nine (9) - People with I/DD and members of their families ;
  • Three (3) - Direct care staff;
  • Seven (7) – Providers of Services including case managers, consultants, therapists and other providers, to Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (every attempt will be made to assure representation from each region and to assure diverse types of providers)
  • Three (3) – Self Advocacy Organizations and networks;
  • Three (3) – Advocacy Organizations and networks;
  • One (1) designee of the Family Infant Toddler Interagency Coordinating Council as appointed by the membership of the committee; and
  • One (1) designee of the Mi Via Advisory Committee as appointed by the membership of the committee; and
  • One (1) designee of the Family Advisory Board as appointed by the membership of the committee.
  • Members are required each year to sign a statement listing all potential conflicts of interest (i.e., financial interest in providing services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.).

State Agency Non-Voting Partners

  • Human Services Department - Medical Assistance Division;
  • Department of Health - Division of Health Improvement;
  • Department of Health - Developmental Disabilities Supports Division;
  • Center for Development and Disability;
  • Governor’s Commission on Disability;
  • Developmental Disabilities Planning Council; and
  • Attorney General’s Office.

Members of the Advisory Council shall be appointed for terms of three years. To ensure ACQ membership meets the requirements of the by-laws, the ACQ will vote by a majority of members representing a quorum of the full Advisory Council to approve candidates for membership. All nominations and applications for Advisory Council membership will be submitted to DDSD who will forward to the Governor’s office for review, vetting purposes and appointment. Any member appointed to the ACQ shall be allowed to serve the duration of their term.

To Apply for ACQ Membership

To submit an application for membership, please complete the following attachments and return them along with a current resume to Wendy Corry at or 2812 Glenwood Dr. NW; Albuquerque, NM 87107.

If you need assistance in completing these forms, contact Wendy Corry (505-238-0047).


Subcommittees or workgroups shall be created at the discretion of the Division Director or designee or the Advisory Council Chairpersons.  Each sub-committee will have a chair person(s) appointed by the Advisory Council Chairpersons.  The committee chair shall be an Advisory Council member or NMDOH staff person; however, membership may include non-Advisory Council members.  These subcommittees and study groups shall report to the Advisory Council.

There are four (4) standing committees designated by the Bylaws: Executive/Membership Committee, Policy and Quality Committee, By-Laws Committee, and Mi Via Advisory Committee.

Executive Committee

Responsible for developing the agenda for the quarterly meetings and shall be composed of the Co-Chairs, the Division Director or designee, and two (2) members from the Advisory Council at-large.  Executive Committee members must all be Advisory Council members and shall meet at the call of the co-chairs.  The Committee will meet with the Division Director or designee at least two (2) weeks prior to regularly scheduled bi-monthly meetings.

Policy and Quality Committee

Shall function as the policy developing and information review agent for the full Advisory Council.  Please visit the Policy and Quality Committee section of our website to learn more.

Wait List Subcommittee

Shall improve intake, information, referral, and community navigation.  Please visit the Wait List Subcommittee section of our website to learn more.

The Advisory Council By-Laws Committee

Shall review the By-Laws as needed and the By-Laws Committee will meet at least once every other year to review the by-laws. See ACQ By-Laws.

Mi Via Advisory Committee

Shall provide guidance and assistance to reinforce the Mi Via philosophy of self-direction; and ongoing evaluation and improvement of the Mi Via Waiver.  Please visit the Mi Via Advisory Committee section of our website to learn more.

DD Waiver Steering Committee

Shall provide guidance and assistance to renew and improve the traditional DD Waiver for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approval and provide guidance to update service standards, regulations and policies and procedures. The committee will meet as needed more frequently during times of change. The committee shall focus on person centered planning, a quality provider system, cost containment as well as other federal requirements and national best practices. Please visit DD Waiver Steering Committee to learn more.

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